BLESSED Is He

BLESSED is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered– Psalms 32:1. In this Psalm we notice the first word BLESSED; this word means to have happiness in our life’s journey as God blesses our ways because we have not only found the promised Christ, but through him we walk with God which is a reason to be both blessed and happy. Transgression in the Hebrew Text relates to the thoughts and intents of the heart that lead away from the instructions of Scripture, yet thankfully Scripture shows us how to journey on a direct path that leads us to His wondrous Word through knowing Jesus Christ. When we realize our faults have taken us away from God, as the sin nature does so easily beset us– Hebrews 12:1, and we then realize that we have an advocate in His son because the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin– I John 1:7, and we come back to God in prayer to receive our cleansing and forgiveness, God is always willing, ready, and able to forgive. If we confess our sins, he {God} is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness– I John 1:9. Then the Psalm goes on to say, whose sin is covered. In the Old Testament times sins were only covered, it is like tying a trash bag or putting refuse into an underground septic tank; we know there is something not so pleasant under there, but at least it is out of sight. Thankfully today in grace, God cleanses us from all unrighteousness, leaving the inside washed completely clean rather than simply covering them up, and thus, we really are blessed!” ~LMJ~

Jesus Christ Is the Golden Thread

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Golden Thread series (An Anthology of Jesus of Nazareth), we are tracing him through the separate Books of the Bible, to search out Jesus Christ who is the missing link to the heart of God. When we genuinely find Jesus within the Scriptures, he as our personal Savior literally becomes empowered and right away begins enabling us to understand the realities of not only himself but also of his Father, the God and Creator of the Heavens and Earth. The entire Bible is God’s Word. Contrary to how some of our modernistic views are implemented to disdain and/or distort biblical truths, and regardless of how man who is often imperfect interprets the Bible, the Scriptures are not only complete and entire but they are God’s divinely-given words for believers.

In I Corinthians 1:24 we read that “Christ {is} the wisdom of God.” Without Christ, a non-seeking individual will remain in a state of spiritual inertness without access to the God of heaven and His true wisdom. Conversely, the candidate who is seeking Christ in the Word of God will find it is with pleasure that Jesus will always give men and women unhindered access to his Father’s true wisdom, nature, and love. Through this doorway, we may delightfully approach God with open hearts to receive His love and guidance.

God is the Author of His Word, Jesus Christ is the inspiration and the contiguous subject through all of God’s Word, and the entire life of Jesus Christ from his birth to his ascension into heaven and his personal return fulfills the realities of God’s plan of Redemption for humanity. Through the Scriptures’ teaching we can learn about the Son of God who lived, died, and was raised at God’s behest to conquer temporal mortality, with the eternal results straightaway given to mortal beings who find Jesus of Nazareth.

Through Christ, the Scriptures show men and women how to become wise unto salvation; the Word of God via Christ reveals how to recognize the voice of God. The Bible teaches men and women who are in Christ how to enjoy God’s promises which are guaranteed and given because of the completed work of our Savior.

The Word of God, whether written, spoken, preached, or read (and mentally perceived), will always make known Christ who is the “mediator between God and men.”

I Timothy 2:5:
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

The Scriptures make known Christ Jesus, and as we come to know him from the Scriptures, he becomes empowered to fulfill his mission of revealing the spiritual realities of Him Who dwells atop heaven’s throne. Then as God becomes known, He will begin manifesting Himself in our lives and in our heart’s quest for spiritual fulfillment and heavenly understanding.

Proverbs 8:35:
For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

From the Book of Genesis we have the story of Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph’s very own brothers ended up selling him into slavery because they did not believe his God-given visions and prophecies he spoke regarding their future (Genesis 37:5-11), and because this story is written in the Bible, it must by its very nature relate to Jesus in some way. Perhaps on the surface the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors may first appear in a cursory reading to be only a story of one family in the Bible who became somewhat dysfunctional. Yet as the story continues we learn how Joseph ended up in Egypt, becoming Pharaoh’s right hand man, having the authority of being the second most prestigious man in all of Egypt. He was placed at Pharaoh’s right hand and received honor and accolade formerly reserved and due only to Egyptian royalty (Genesis 41:38-45).

In this Bible story we find a happy ending complete with Joseph’s God‑given dreams coming true. Joseph ended up saving not only Jacob, his father and brothers, but also the entire Nation of Israel from starvation and death, not to mention that Joseph ended up preserving the family line of Mary, the mother of Jesus.

On account of Joseph being in Egypt utilizing the wisdom of God, Joseph not only preserved his family line but also saved the lives of the people living in Egyptian provinces and surrounding areas by stockpiling the food supplies in readiness for the upcoming seven-year famine (Genesis 41:1ff). Joseph is personally credited for acquiring most of the wealth that bountifully flowed into the Egyptian coffers, causing Egypt to become one of the most prosperous nations this world has ever known (Genesis 41:53-57).

In Joseph’s life from the Book of Genesis, we can begin to notice startling traces and glimpses of Jesus, The Promised Seed who was foreordained before the world began to be the hope of the entire world. Through Joseph’s true story we can recognize the Redeemer in prophecy who was also rejected by the Nation of Israel, his brethren. As Joseph was, Jesus would become Israel’s only hope and their rescue from a spiritual drought and their only salvation and preservation for an endless life, as he is also our hope and our spiritual refreshing and salvation and preservation for an endless life.

There is no end to the correlations that are wonderfully sewn within the Scriptures as a multilayered, embossed masterpiece of delight as we begin looking for and seeing the Golden Thread, Jesus Christ, who holds the living Tapestry of God’s healing Word together.

From a strictly forensic point of view, the Scriptures are the bona fide declaration of Jesus. The Bible is the inscribed birth certificate of Jesus Christ (with centuries of noncontradictory writings and testimonials), and the stories within are linked documentations of his complete biography attesting to his authenticity which structures his entire life perfectly with the written Word of God.

The deeper one scrutinizes the Scriptures, the more dynamically Christ becomes recognized. His footprints are everywhere inside of the Scriptures blazing a trail that he painstakingly paved with his own life being clearly marked throughout the prophecies and leading directly up to the Creator.

Jesus’ fingerprints appear ubiquitously on every single page of Holy Writ. With Jesus as our guide, we will find passages that are easy to follow as they gently guide us up into all “the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).

The more we look for Christ in the Scriptures, the greater we will notice how much he is woven within our own hearts, drawing us ever closer and closer to Him Who created all things. The greater we see Jesus in the Word of God, the more he reveals our heavenly Father Who draws us through Christ to Himself.

Jesus said in John 6:44, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.”

John 12:44-45:
-44: Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.
-45: And he that seeth {perceives} me seeth {perceives} him that sent me.

So in the Golden Thread series, as we begin learning of Jesus of Nazareth, we can confidently read on with “trust” in the knowledge that the Father will be drawing us ever closer to Himself through Christ as promised.

II Corinthians 3:4 (The Amplified Bible):**
Such is the reliance and confidence that we have through Christ toward and with reference to God.

The Bible states, “The honour of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). There is no greater matter under Heaven than to search out “Jesus Christ the Golden Thread” and find him to be not only alive and well but to finally see him at work revealing the truths that lead our hearts to God and the more abundant life.

Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Thankfully, We Have Awesomeness in Our Corner

“God said of Jesus Christ, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased– Matthew 3:17. When God said that His Son is beloved it was because God was well pleased with Jesus, and today God is also well pleased with us because we, too, are beloved of God. I John 3:2 quotes Beloved, now {not someday off in the nebulous future, but right NOW} are we the sons of God. We ourselves are Beloved of God Himself. However, without Christ, without knowing him, we would never be able to elevate our believing up to the standards that the healing Word presents to humanity ― or affectionately feel truly beloved by the God of Heaven and Earth. Ephesians 5:1-2 reads, BE ye therefore followers of God as dear {or beloved} children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. The word dear in the Greek Text is the same word beloved which word is used in both Matthew 3:17 and I John 2:3 (above). We are as beloved to God as Jesus is ― according to God’s very own words! The more we see Jesus Christ as the Beloved of God, the greater he will show to us how beloved we really are to him and to our heavenly Father, for (as we read, above) Christ is the standard.” ~LMJ & CAJ~

A Merry Heart (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Often we hear it said that it is best to not talk about religion, however, I do not agree with that statement, for when God lives in our hearts and we talk about the truth that is in our hearts and in our thinking, then “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh” (Matthew 12:34). The outpouring of our inner joy composes a merry heart that becomes personally inspiring from within, and harmonizes our lives to God’s very nature (II Peter 1:4). When we Christians allow “the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” into our minds and hearts, we cannot help but share the treasures of God’s lovingkindness towards us, and of His “grace and peace,” which has been “multiplied” in our lives, as this tenders a merry heart in believers.

II Peter 1:2:
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.

This knowledge compels us to thoroughly enjoy a merry heart as we speak of the graces of God. Another wonderful verse of Scripture is, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). When God comes into our lives and we begin thinking His Word, we literally become what His Word says we are, “Keep {or guard} thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The issues of life are those thoughts that define you as a person: for as he thinketh in his heart, so is he (and you and me).

Nevertheless, if we cannot talk about the inner joy we have experienced in God’s Word, then we might unintentionally begin to suppress what we have received and felt in our hearts from knowing our Savior’s love for us. “He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15). The continual feast is the enjoyment of life to its fullest, walking hand in hand with God, with our Savior, and with fellow believers, so, on with the festivities!

Proverbs 27:19:
As in water face answereth to face {gives a reflection}, so the heart of man {reflects what is in the heart} to man.

Paul said of Jesus “he cannot deny himself” (II Timothy 2:13); Jesus never denied who he was to anyone or what he believed, rather he lived with confidence in who he was, and he is our example (Philippians 2:5). We have the God-given privilege to believe and to conduct ourselves as those who have allowed Jesus Christ and God along with their joy into our hearts.

II Corinthians 5:20:
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech {call} you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

We are ambassadors for Christ, regardless of whether or not we ever share God’s Word with anyone. It is true that at certain times it may be inappropriate to share God’s Word, for instance, when we are being paid to work; however, there are times when it is appropriate to talk about God’s wonderful Word with our families, friends, and acquaintances. Besides, everyone else is speaking up to tell us what they think and believe, while what we Christians think and believe is in regard to the salvation of our souls and our being reconciled to God and that we are in Christ’s stead ─ these are certainly things worthy to speak up about while we fulfill our calling.

King David in Psalms 16:9 wrote: “my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth” as he spoke of his coming Savior. Knowing and speaking of Christ causes our hearts to greatly rejoice, and a glad heart comes to us by speaking about the accomplishments of Jesus Christ on our behalf. Witnessing to others that Jesus died for our sins (and theirs also), that he was resurrected and seated at the right hand of God, that he is returning for us at some future moment to take us home, surely causes one to experience and enjoy a merry heart.

Today, so many believers feel hesitant to even acknowledge that they are Christians when an appropriate time to speak the Word presents itself. Often believers feel guilty by association because they see other Christians behaving incorrectly or hear unbelievers make fun of religion or of God’s people and so many Christians do not speak up. We are not in God’s secret service wherein we hide the joy of our hearts from the world around us until we arrive in church on Sunday morning, but we are in God’s family, with God-given permission to speak and conduct our lives as the ambassadors of Christ. This is our heavenly commission!

When Christians suppress godly issues of the heart, Christianity becomes more of a subculture rather than mainstream. God’s wholesome Word shines in our hearts and this we can speak about with God-given authority (Philippians 2:16).

Life’s spiritual principles and gifts are evidenced by receiving and giving, but if a Christian believer begins to suppress the free course of God’s Word, the receiving end of his or her life can become limited ─ stifled even. Nothing on this earth can quench a believer’s merry heart more than inaction to the truths he has learned and believed from within the Scriptures to be true. Jesus Christ has made us free (Galatians 5:1), and has given us many reasons to enjoy a merry heart, including eternal life (I John 5:10-11).

Proverbs 15:13:
A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance {makes one glow with excitement}: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 17:22:
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

To genuinely experience God and our Savior’s presence, let us seek to enjoy the benefits of having and maintaining a merry heart. Presently in grace, we have and enjoy a union with our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, giving us every reason to experience the heavenly panacea that comes into our inner souls from the Physician of the human heart ─ Jesus Christ.

We can invite God’s healing Word into our homes and fellowship with Him around the accomplishments of Jesus Christ for us, as we bask in the love of God. We may then reach out to other people who come across our paths with the words of life that have been so graciously given to us. In Isaiah 55:11, we read “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” You see, when we speak of God’s Word, of His love, of His grace, and of our salvation, He will prosper and watch over those words that we have placed into our hearts to speak so that we may be assured of speaking words that will reach out with prosperous blessings to others who then also receive a merry heart.

True, some may shoot the breeze just to kill time, but we Christians can share the Word of life from our merry hearts and actually lead someone into eternal life, because when we speak the words of God, we are never alone, for Christ the Lord works within us to confirm the Word we speak.

Mark 16:20:
And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.

Just in knowing that Christ the Lord works with us gives us every reason to radiate a merry heart, especially when we realize that he confirms the Word we speak. Now, what are the signs that follow? This can be something different for every believer; it is a personal blessing for talking in Christ’s stead, and God will become your “sufficiency” in this life as II Corinthians 9:8 promises, “God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, {so that you} may abound to every good work.”

Acts 14:3:
Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

Philippians 2:16 reads, “Holding forth the word of life” for it is God’s Words that give us purpose, reason, and vitality (and also offers these benefits to those to whom we speak), and provides us with all the spiritual treasures needed to enjoy our lives with a merry heart.

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” ~Celia Thaxter~

“If we have the opportunity to be generous with our hearts, ourselves, we have no idea of the depth and breadth of love’s reach.” ~Margaret Cho~

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.” ~Helen Keller~

“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” ~Washington Irving~

“God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.” ~Izaak Walton~